House Maintenance
Itís a good idea to keep your house in good health:
  • Change furnace filter every month to 45 days.
  • Drain sediment from hot water heater every two months.
  • Cover the air conditioner compressor in winter.
  • Regularly clean garbage disposal with hot water and bleach.
  • Keep items at least 5 feet away from the furnace and hot water heater to ensure more economical operation and to reduce fire hazard.
  • Refrigerator compressor coils should be vacuumed at least every two years or every three months if there are inside pets.
  • Make sure dryer vent is unobstructed.
  • Periodically, check attic rafters for signs of moisture.
  • Replace cracking caulk around windows and doors.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries every two to three months.
  • Have fireplaces and chimneys checked and maintained every three to five years if used occasionally and annually if used frequently.
  • Have furnace inspected annually.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts every fall.
  • Install downspout extensions to drain water away from the foundation of the house.
  • Make sure house number is easily visible.
  • Scrape and replace peeling paint.
  • Run a dehumidifier and let in natural light to keep the house from rotting.
  • Trim bushes in front of windows for more light and added security.
  • Seal-coat an asphalt driveway with one coat of a water-based sealer, every three to four years.
  • Open crawl space vents April, close in December.

Here's to your home's new found health!

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